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Hardly good for the environment

Dear Editor:I recently read about Cacique, Steve Case’s “eco-getaway,” in The Aspen Times and was disgusted with Steve Case and his company, Revolution Places, masquerading as environmentally friendly and culturally sensitive when under their mask is dollar signs (“AOL’s Case plans luxury eco-resort,” Aug. 7).Eco-tourism is a farce; a more honest buzzword is exploitation-tourism – exploitation of the environment, the local population, and everyone in which Revolution Places feeds the lie of an “eco-friendly” luxury resort. How can they justify that their resort is eco-friendly when they are destroying the careful balance of 650-acres of Costa Rican rainforest? What do they think the ecological footprint will be of the guests that visit their resort each day? How do they plan to hide 270 guest rooms, 300 private homes (ranging in size from 2,000 square feet to 4,000 square feet!), an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts and a fitness center in the rainforest? Let’s call a spade a spade – what drives their venture is money, not caring for the environment.If they were truly environmentally conscious, their company Revolution Places would purchase 650-acres of rainforest and pledge to never develop it. As an eco-conscious consumer and traveler they will never receive any of my money.Alex Capshaw-TaylorFredericksburg, Va.